Small busi­nesses rec­og­nized for Black His­tory Month

Gov­er­nor’s Ci­ta­tions high­light mi­nor­ity con­tri­bu­tions

Maryland Independent - - Business - By DARWIN WEIGEL dweigel@somd­news.com Twitter: @somd_bized­i­tor

In recog­ni­tion of Black His­tory Month in Fe­bru­ary, the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs (GOMA) held its “Ready, Set, Grow” gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment work­shop in St. Mary’s County last week and pre­sented five Gov­er­nor’s Ci­ta­tions to four South­ern Mary­land busi­nesses and the head of the South­ern Mary­land Mi­nor­ity Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“In the state of Mary­land, there are 561,000 small busi­nesses. That num­ber is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of 97.5 per­cent of the en­tire busi­ness com­mu­nity. So the ma­jor­ity are small busi­ness,” GOMA’s Ed­uardo Hay­den, small busi­ness out­reach man­ager, said be­fore the pre­sen­ta­tion Feb. 28 at the South­ern Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Cal­i­for­nia, Md. “Out of that chunk, 78 per­cent are small, mi­nor­ity and women owned. For us, small and mi­nor­ity busi­nesses are all kind of the same in Mary­land be­cause they (mi­nor­ity) are such a large chunk of the en­tire busi­ness com­mu­nity.”

Be­fore hand­ing out the ci­ta­tions, GOMA Deputy Sec­re­tary Herbert Jordan III told the crowd of 75 or so busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers that it was im­por­tant to re­it­er­ate the im­por­tance of small busi­nesses, and mi­nor­ity busi­nesses, to the state.

“It’s Black His­tory Month, and ob­vi­ously there are some busi­ness peo­ple in the South­ern Mary­land re­gion that are big con­trib­u­tors — we just want to make sure we sin­gle them out this month and rec­og­nize their con­tri­bu­tions,” Jordan said.

The first ci­ta­tion went to Guy Black of Black­out In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Se­cu­rity Ser­vices, based in Wal­dorf. He was rec­om­mended for the ci­ta­tion by the Charles County De­part­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment.

Wynne Briscoe of For­ever Eden Or­gan­ics in Cal­i­for­nia, Md., re­ceived the sec­ond ci­ta­tion. She was rec­om­mended by the St. Mary’s County De­part­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment.

John and Mar­sha Glover of Glover’s Sep­tic Ser­vices in Hunt­ing­town was the third re­cip­i­ent. The cou­ple was rec­om­mended by the Calvert County De­part­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment.

Ster­ling Green of Ar­ness Me­chan­i­cal Ser­vices in Wal­dorf was the fourth re­cip­i­ent. He was rec­om­mended by the Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Cen­ter at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land.

The last ci­ta­tion was pre­sented to Doris Cam­mack-Spencer of Ch­e­sa­peake Beach, the pres­i­dent and CEO of the South­ern Mary­land Mi­nor­ity Cham­ber of Com­merce. The ci­ta­tion was rec­om­mended by the Cir­cle of An­gels Ini­tia­tive, Inc.

“Thank you for the par­tic­i­pa­tion to all those other or­ga­ni­za­tions for mak­ing it hap­pen and bring­ing the folks that we need to rec­og­nize at this time of year to cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity in our coun­ties and our state,” Jordan said af­ter hand­ing out the ci­ta­tions.

The “Ready, Set, Grow” work­shop that fol­lowed was an op­por­tu­nity for GOMA to get small busi­nesses in­volved in state gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment: to help them find the re­sources and help nec­es­sary to pur­sue gov­ern­ment con­tracts large and small, whether as a prime con­trac­tor or as a sub­con­trac­tor.

“‘Ready, Set, Grow’ is the main pro­gram we’ve been tak­ing out once a month around Mar yland,” Hay­den said. “It’s a pro­cure­ment con­nec­tion work­shop. It’s meant to bring agen­cies and ven­dors to­gether.”

“We do this all over the state be­cause [Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R)] says Mar yland is open for busi­ness,” Jordan said of the pro­gram. “In ev­ery cor­ner of the state, there’s some state agency do­ing some pro­cure­ment.”

Jordan, who has a back- ground work­ing in large cor­po­ra­tions, said, aside from learn­ing the gov­ern- ment con­tract­ing ropes, it was also im­por­tant for small busi­ness peo­ple to be their own lob­by­ists and to speak up, for or against, leg­is­la­tion and gov­ern­ment poli­cies.

“The big guys have lob­by­ists; for the lit­tle guys, you’re your own lob­by­ist,” he told the crowd. “We try to get these guys to make phone calls and email their leg­is­la­tors so that good stuff is sup­ported. … The demo­cratic process still works, but you’ve got to be your own lob­by­ist as a small busi­ness.

“We can’t say for or against — we can’t lobby — but we can show you the things that you need to pay at­ten­tion to. Things can’t make your life easy or more dif­fi­cult — you de­cide, but be en­gaged.”

STAFF PHO­TOS BY DARWIN WEIGEL Ster­ling Green of Ar­ness Me­chan­i­cal Ser­vices in Wal­dorf ac­cepted a Gov­er­nor’s Ci­ta­tion from Herbert Jordan III, deputy sec­re­tary of the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs (GOMA), left, and Ed­uardo Hay­den, the of­fice’s small busi­ness out­reach man­ager, on Feb. 28 at a GOMA event at the South­ern Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Cal­i­for­nia, Md. The ci­ta­tion was to rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of mi­nor­ity busi­nesses for Black His­tory Month.

Lucinia Mundy, right, of the Charles County De­part­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment, ac­cepted a Gov­er­nor’s Ci­ta­tion on be­half of Guy Black of Black­out In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Se­cu­rity Ser­vices of Wal­dorf from Herbert Jordan III, deputy sec­re­tary of the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs (GOMA), left, and Ed­uardo Hay­den, the of­fice’s small busi­ness out­reach man­ager, on Feb. 28 at a GOMA event at the South­ern Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Cal­i­for­nia, Md.

Doris Cam­mack-Spencer of Ch­e­sa­peake Beach, pres­i­dent and CEO of the South­ern Mary­land Mi­nor­ity Cham­ber of Com­merce, ac­cepted a Gov­er­nor’s Ci­ta­tion from Herbert Jordan III, deputy sec­re­tary of the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs (GOMA), left, and Ed­uardo Hay­den, the of­fice’s small busi­ness out­reach man­ager, on Feb. 28 at a GOMA event at the South­ern Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Cal­i­for­nia, Md. The ci­ta­tion was to rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of mi­nor­ity busi­nesses for Black His­tory Month.

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